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Solar Energy
With the development of a 3 MW solar PV system in Falls Township, Bucks County – the largest such system east of the Mississippi river – the Philadelphia region is fast becoming a leader in solar energy production. Here in Philadelphia, the Solar City Partnership, a joint effort between the U.S. Department of Energy and the City of Philadelphia, is developing its own solar energy initiatives. Philadelphia’s long-term goal for solar energy is to fully utilize its potential to safely, reliably and cost-effectively displace the use of energy generated by fossil fuels. The city’s “Solar City Partnership” will bring together a group of stakeholders to identify and remove the barriers to solar development in the city.

Philadelphia plans to transform the local market for solar energy, making solar technologies cost-competitive. The Solar City Partnership will develop a strategy through which 2.3 MW of solar electricity will be generated within the city of Philadelphia by 2011 and 57.8 MW by 2021, the proportional share of the commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s stated goal. The city of Philadelphia is also working on possible solar projects on city-owned land. For example, The Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation, is working with Conergy on the development of a 1+ MW Solar Photovoltaic (PV) system at The Naval Yard. The project would produce more than 900,000 kWh of clean electricity.

The Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) is also looking to locate multi-MW solar installations at three of their facilities. These projects would decrease the amount of electricity that PWD would need to purchase from PECO and would provide the facilities with clean, emissions-free energy at a stable price over the life of the panels (more than 20 years).